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Rain could affect weekend roadwork

Rain could affect weekend roadwork

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has not scheduled much roadwork for this weekend.

Rain resulting from Tropical Storm Karen could move through metro Atlanta on Sunday and cancel any existing projects as well.

"We have single right lane closures planned for both directions on I-285 on the east side between Cascade and MLK and one on (Georgia) 400 southbound at Hammond Drive but the weather may change those plans," said GDOT Metro District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle.

Work will also continue on the I-85/Georgia 400 Interchange project, which could result in lane closures on Buford Highway, Sidney Marcus Boulevard, Cheshire Bridge Road and Lenox Road.

Ready. Set. Relax. Obamacare help is everywhere

ATLANTA -- First things first. Take a deep breath. Relax. 

Just because the insurance Marketplaces are opening on Tuesday, it doesn't mean you have to do anything on Tuesday. In fact, you've got three months to make take advantage of Obamacare. 
And that's only if it applies to you. 

HELP DESK: Understanding the Affordable Care Act

If you've got insurance elsewhere, simply keep it if you want to. But depending on your income, you might want to at least check out your options. 

For most of us that just means going to your computer 
There are two primary websites to check out that are pretty much going to have everything you need. 

Weekend road construction to affect traffic across Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA - Several lanes on the north side of Interstate 285 will be closed between Roswell Road and Ashford Dunwoody Road over the weekend for ongoing road construction.

Continuing construction will go on in the area of Georgia 400 and I-85, which will include lane closures on Sidney Marcus Boulevard, Buford Highway, Cheshire Bridge Road and Lenox Road in conjunction with the 85/400 interchange project. In addition, portions of I-75 will see lane closures in the HOV lanes between Langford Parkway and Mount Paran Road in conjunction with overhead sign work.

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Motorists in Fairburn - especially along Ga. 92 at mile marker 5 - are advised to be aware of heavier traffic tied to the TomorrowWorld music festival taking place there over the entire weekend.

Unemployment drops to 8.0 percent

Unemployment drops to 8.0 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell to 8.0 percent in August.

That's down six-tenths of a percentage point from 8.6 percent in July.

In Coweta County, the unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in August.

The Georgia Department of Labor said the decrease was due to fewer layoffs and a spike in the number of jobs.

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Toys"R"Us hiring 45,000 for holidays

(WXIA) -- Toys"R"Us plans to hire 45,000 seasonal employees nationwide for the holidays.

"We're proud to create thousands of jobs across the country as we prepare for our busiest time of year in stores and online, while presenting opportunities for hardworking individuals to find a permanent position with our company," Elizabeth Wood, senior VP of human resources for Toys"R"Us, said in a statement.

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The toy store chain needs sales associates and inventory replenishment specialists for the busy holiday shopping season. It also wants to hire extra workers for 10 distribution centers across the country.

West Ga. economic report released

West Ga. economic report released

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia's Center for Business and Economic Research has released its latest report for the west Georgia region.

The region includes six counties: Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Paulding and Polk.

Of those counties, only one -- Carroll -- saw an increase in unemployment since summer 2012.

"Although the unemployment rates for some counties have increased over the last few months, the increase has come as a result of more people entering the labor force, not fewer people being employed," Dr. William Smith, director of the center, said in a statement.

Target to hire fewer holiday workers than last year

Target to hire fewer holiday workers than last year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Target plans to hire about 70,000 seasonal workers for the critical holiday shopping season, down about 20 percent from a year ago. The discounter is aiming to be more efficient in its hiring practices.

The move to hire 18,000 fewer temporary holiday workers versus last year's 88,000 comes as the Minneapolis-based chain saw that its own permanent employees wanted to get first dibs on working extra hours for the holiday season.

Target says it also wants to better respond to the peaks and valleys of customer traffic, which have become more pronounced for many stores as shoppers time their buying for when they believe they can get the best deals.

To apply online for jobs at Target, visit https://corporate.target.com/careers/.